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Reliability and Integrity Management of Marine Systems



Course format Blended
Datum 2020-12-07 - 2021-02-20
Tijdsduur 100 hours
Entry level Bachelor
Cost £1200


To provide an understanding of the concepts of risk, reliability and safety and associated current practice and regulation. To develop analytical skills in quantitative calculation associated with reliability and risk assessments.

Outline Of Syllabus

Review of probability and statistics underpinning risk and reliability. Concepts of risk and hazard, perception, societal values and ALARP. Formal methods of risk identification, quantification, and consequence assessment; mitigation and management of risks. Marine hazards: capsize, collision, fire & explosion, structural failures. Fault trees, event trees and decision trees. Legislation and safety cases in offshore engineering and shipping. Systems reliability: the bathtub curve, reliability data and Wiebull models; series and parallel systems and networks. Availability, maintainability and risk-based inspection strategies. Design for availability and reliability. Engineering for safety systems. Structural reliability: concepts of capability, demand and safety indices; calculations using FOSM and Monte Carlo simulation; extreme value distributions and environmental load modelling; structural safety assessment. Case studies will include- design of an automatic fire fighting system to meet a target availability, structural reliability assessment of a corroded flowline, formal safety assessment for a ferry.

This modules will include preschool reading, examples, preschool assignment, an intensive school (five days), and a post school assignment.

Pre-school material

Normally requires 50 hours of study.

Pre-school material enables you to revise and review prerequisite material so that the intensive school can be run efficiently and effectively. The materials will be available six to eight weeks before the intensive school takes place.

You will undertake a pre-school assignment (30% of the module mark) which you will submit on the first day of the intensive school.

One week intensive school

Has an approximate contact time of 35 hours.

The intensive school includes lectures, case studies, tutorials, presentations, and discussions.

You will sit an examination (40% of the module mark) during this intensive teaching week.

Post-school material

Requires 15 hours of study.

This material consolidates the module learning.

Post-school material involves completion of a post-school assignment (30% of the module mark) which you will submit eight weeks after the intensive school.

Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

*The start and end date stated above is approximate.


You should have a minimum of:

  • a Second Class Honours degree in Engineering or equivalent with a strong quantitative component
  • at least three years of relevant work experience in the marine sector or similar

You'll also need to provide a personal statement and reference.

Find out more about entry requirements (including English language requirements).

Application procedure

There are normally two intakes each year, in September and February. Find out more about the course on the Newcastle University prospectus website.

Use Newcastle University’s online application portal to apply for the course.


ISCED Categories

Marien and maritiem recht